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Billy Johnson: Every game brings a different challenge

25 April 2019

Norwich City’s Under-23s goalkeeper Billy Johnson has been reflecting on his debut season in a City shirt as he looks ahead to their final game of the 2018/19 campaign.

The Canaries come up against Fulham at Motspur Park on Friday night (7pm kick-off) when David Wright‘s side will play their 22nd and final Premier League 2 game of the season.

Speaking to canaries.co.uk ahead of the game, Johnson said: “It has been a crazy season that has gone by. I started off in the Under-18s because that was their way of having a look at me as they had seen me in training but hadn’t seen me play in a game.

“After starting a few games for the Under-18s, things went well and I ended up making my debut for the Under-23s against Athletic Bilbao at Carrow Road and that was something special.”

Johnson said that game was the highlight of the season for him after earning a Man of the Match performance under the lights.

“I’d say making my debut at Carrow Road is probably my highlight of the season, it was my first game for the Under-23s and I got Man of the Match as well which was a nice cherry on top," he said.

“I played the next week against Southampton and managed to save a penalty, so those two weeks as a whole are my highlights but I’d say my debut and Man of the Match performance is the stand out game for me.”

The 19-year-old joined the Club last summer and describes the step up he has made as ‘crazy’ when talking about the differences between non-league football and playing in the Premier League 2.

Johnson said: “In Non-League you could probably get away with making a mistake or maybe even two or three before it leads to a goal, but one mistake now at Under-23s level and you know it will probably end up in the back of the net. Although every mistake you make you learn from it.

“You have to be hard on yourself, but it has been a big step up but I think it’s one that I have taken quite well.

“You look at last week when we were playing against Southampton, they had Fraser Forster in goal – it’s just crazy to see the step up I’ve made within a year, compared to who I was playing against last year.”

The City keeper looked ahead to the test they face at Motspur Park on Friday with Fulham placed 10th in the league after drawing against Sunderland last time out.

He said: “They [Fulham] are on the same points as us in the league at the minute and just above us on goal difference, so it looks like they are a team that score a fair few goals, as they haven’t gone many games without scoring.

“But I think it will be a tough test and every game brings a different challenge, but we know we are going to be up for it on Friday.”


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